Boston Terrier Advent Calendar- December 20th -23rd! Family Edition!

We have been having such a good time with the family in the great state of Texas, I don’t think Basil could be any happier! Here is a few photos of Basil loving on his family that he has not seen in a while!

Only 1 day before Christmas! Hope everyone is with their family and getting as much love as Basil currently is!

Ho Ho Ho!

Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil

San Antonio,Texas River walk

Christmas in the Southwest started off with a bang! Traveling into San Antonio, TX to experience the world famous River walk.

We drove into town around lunch time and easily found a place to park. The weather was warm, like around 75 degrees, and for us PNW peeps this was very odd for just a few days before Christmas. Before we hit the walk we soaked up a little bit of this large beautiful city. Grand Southern buildings towered all around us as well as a few churches and five-star hotels. It really is true what they say “Everything is bigger in Texas!” We walk through Hotel Contessa San Antonio. Basked in the glory of the stately Christmas tree in what seemed like a lobby with a never ending ceiling.

Basil was less impressed with the overwhelming beauty of his urban surroundings and more impressed with the very large, very long river that was flowing down the middle of town. He pulled me right up to the ledge of river, which I feel like I must mention had absolutely no railing! This made the River Walk even more beautiful to look at but was a little thrilling for me with a hyper Boston Terrier with an “extreme need” to jump in and swim around and/or drink it. 

We spent the next couple of hours walking the paths and stoping in the shops and restaurants as well as watching the river boat tours lazily float down the canal. Along the way there were many great photo opts with waterfalls, floral arrangements and the stage from Miss Congeniality. 

As the day slowly turned to night our tummies were starting to tell us that it was time for some food. There are more than a few restaurants to choose from. Almost all of them with large outdoor patios. One thing I did notice while we were there, not only in San Antonio but in Austin as well, every restaurant and bar had someone outside “hawking their wares” to all the pedestrian walking by. Yelling out their specials to get you to come in and spend your money with them. It was very helpful and it was nice to hear a complete stranger tell me  “you deserve a drink!” Yes, yes I do! 

We stopped upon the Hard Rock Cafe just as twilight hit. They were super friendly and were more then happy to accommodate our large party that included kids and Basil. The staff lit the massive heating lamps around our tables and took our orders. As we sat we talked and people watched and enjoyed as the Christmas lights all came on. The river was alive with dancing twinkling lights. Soon the river tour boats started floating by with Christmas Carolers and even though the temperature was still in the 70’s it actually felt like the holidays. 

With our stomachs full and the kids (and Basil) starting to slow down it was time to head back to the car. The walk back was just as fun. Filled with more friendly people, most of them more interested in talking to Basil than to me! We stopped for a moment and listened to a traveling mariachi and took a ton more photos. The River Walk in San Antonio was such a treat. We can’t wait to come back and highly recommend it if you are traveling anywhere near San Antonio. It was worth the trip for sure!

Until next time San Antonio! Xoxo

Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil



Texas is Huge! December 16th-19th!

Hello! Its official! Texas is huge! We have been having a great time here and have so much to share with all of you. Internet has been sparse so here are 4 of your daily Boston Terrier advent calendar picture. Enjoy them and next week I’ll have a lot to share with you guys about chic dog friendly spots all over Texas and New Orleans. 

Hope everyone is having a good December and getting ready for Christmas with your families.

Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil

OH Christmas Tree! OH Christmas Tree!

Happy 12/12/13! One year ago today Nate & I got married and Basil wore the cutest doggie tuxedo of all time! Basil gave us the best gift last night while I was finishing up wrapping by letting me take some super cute photos in front of the Christmas tree. I wanted to actually wrap him too but Nate said that may be a little too much!

We all are getting ready for Christmas in the Southwest which starts tomorrow. Check back daily for the remaining 13 days of Boston Terrier Advent Calendar and to see all of Basil’s road trip fun.

Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil

Basil meets Santa!

Last night was pet photos with Santa at the local mall. We got dressed up and fought the wind, rain and traffic so we could have our first family photo with jolly one himself.

Basil loves places like malls and really any shop that allows dogs, so he was beyond excited. Not only did he get to see Santa but he also got to say “hello” to other dogs and a few adorable babies while in line. Once it was our turn Basil pulled me to Santa, he was ready to go. We adjusted our hair and Basil’s brand new Chilly Dog sweater and took a seat. After that is was just a few squeaks of a dog toy and clicks of the camera and we were done.

All the photos came out great and the one below was the chosen one! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do and if you are in the Carolina’s and still need your own photo with Santa make sure to check out Santa Max at the Carolina Place mall. Also, makes sure to head over to his Facebook and like him there as well! 

Happy 15th day until Christmas!

Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil

Ps. I will be sending these out as Christmas cards. If you would like one just leave a comment using your correct email and I’ll email you for an address. Or just email me at

Its Monday, be fancy! December 9th!

Its Monday and instead of coming down with a serious case of the Mondays we decided to be ultra fancy today. Tonight Basil is getting all dressed up and we are getting our photo taken with Santa. So to get us all in the mood to dress in our “Sunday best” here is Sir Basil Boston-pants of Fancy-ville!

Fancy Boston

Sir Basil wishes everyone a fancy Monday and check back tomorrow for our Santa photos for more uber fancy fun!

16 days until Christmas!!

Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil

Happy Sunday Funday!

Sunday is my favorite day of the week. It is so relaxing and its football day! So in the spirit of being a little lazy I thought I would share the only two photos that came out from our time in at The Dog Bar last night. 

It was the ugly Christmas sweater party and pet food drive. Admission to this Saturday evening pet-fest was a bag of pet food to be donated to Second Harvest. Basil made a few new friends and had a great time running around like a mad man. We had a blast!

Enjoy your Sunday Funday and Go Hawks!

Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil

Let it snow, Let it snow! This Boston wants snow!

Its December 6th and we just got Basil’s new Chilly Dog sweater in the mail. Its absolutely perfect and fits him like a dream. It has a cute little hood that keeps his puppy dog ears warm. Now all we need is a little bit of snow!

Currently in the Carolinas we have been experiencing some serious warm temps with the high being 75 degrees today! (Seriously?!) Basil and I are just hoping for some cooler days so he can show the world how cute he is in his new sweater. For now he will just get to look adorable in the house and on Monday when he gets to meet Santa. Check back everyday for your daily BT advent calendar picture and on Tuesday to find out how it went with Santa!

Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil

Basils Favorite Things – LeLePets & Good Day Dog

Basil has been asking for a lot of things this Christmas but when he heard about this he totally back tracked and told me this is what he truly wanted! This Basil’s favorite things is going to be a twofer, LeLePets & Good Day Dog.

LeLePets is an awesome Groupon-esk site but for dog products. They have short sales on anything from dog toys to beds to collars. Every day you get a new email about that days newest sales and the latest was about Good Day Dog. Photo from

Good Day Dog is similar to BarkBox in the fact that you sign up for a subscription and each month you pet gets a mystery box in the mail. With Good Day Dog instead of receiving a box filled with dog treats or plush toys they send a new hip dog collar. Photo from

For a dog like Basil this is perfect! He’s hip, stylish and gets a lot of attention when we are out and about. (Its because he may be one of the cutest dogs in the whole world…. in my personal opinion!) So he needs to look his best. Photo from

Not only do I love this idea but I adore their story. Joanna & her German Sheppard mix Zoey, turned their love for fashion and each other into a smashing business idea that I think we can all get behind.

Head over to LeLePets and sign up for the daily email deals and then check out the current deal, that ends on December 8th, on Good Day Dog 3 month subscription. Also, if you like my blog check out the GDD blog also for cute photos, silly stories and all things dog.

Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil

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